“The people who are lifting the world onward and upward are those who encourage more than they criticize.” Elizabeth Harrison
I was recently in France (and no, I am not a world traveler) but while in Paris, the trip down the Seine on top of a double decker river boat was one of the highlights. And we did this the first thing when we arrive (read - no sleep, no shower, big-time jet lag) but I will never forget it. The views of the monuments from below are spectacular - Notre Dame, The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower,
The Museum D’Orsay.
But what struck me the most passing under each uniquely detailed bridge (sure, the architecture of the bridges is amazing),
but it was the people on the bridges that astonished me most.
They all waved and cheered as we passed under.
Now there are many, many of these boats cruising the Seine. And many, many bridges. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy and welcomed (might’ve been the cappuccino LOL).
So I thought about my winding journey to book publication and how having cheering and support for each little step has made all the difference for me this time around.
I embarked on this path ten years ago, but without the internet, living in a small, somewhat isolated town, and I gave up too soon.
But this time, thanks to the internet and writers associations like RWA, SCBWI, Savvy Authors and others, I have found ongoing support, encouragement and cheerleaders with writer’s loops, workshops, workshop teachers and their loops, critique groups and writing friends that I have found through the above.
So if you have less than supportive people around you on this sometimes lonely journey, go out and find yourself some cheerleaders. They are out there.
And remember giving support feels just as good as getting support.
Feel free to comment on who, and what builds you up, cheers you on or anything else.